Knoxville Convention Center

About this Project

Value:  $94,000,000
Year Completed:  2002
Location:   Knoxville, TN
Area:  550,000 SF
Owner:  The Public Building Authority of Knox County and Knoxville Tennessee
Architects:  McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc. & TVS
Delivery Method:  Construction Manager At-Risk
Points of Pride:

  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Award for Construction Excellence for Outstanding General Contractor for Project over $25 Million
  • Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award for Special Use

Denark served as CM At-Risk in a joint venture with Clark Construction on the 500,000 SF Knoxville Convention Center, a beautiful facility perfectly positioned alongside the picturesque landscape of the World’s Fair Park and near the core of the city and the University of Tennessee.

The facility includes high bay, clear span exhibition spaces, ballrooms, high-tech meeting rooms, large underground loading docks, food service, and other user service areas. The project was “fast-tracked” and Denark worked with MHM to develop a schedule to allow separate bid packages while the design was being completed. Denark conducted constructability and life-cycle analysis of the building. As the City made decisions about design, Denark and MHM worked together to ensure the plans were properly executed.

The facility was turned over to the City of Knoxville in phases to allow staff to prepare for a large event that was under contract and punchlist activities were handled efficiently to complete the building 10 weeks early.

“The Convention Center by its nature is a complex and difficult project made all the more difficult by the complexity of the site. Clark/Denark has performed an outstanding job starting during Preconstruction when the project was over budget and continuing through build out where we now enjoy an excellent building completed on time and within the budget established at the beginning of the project.”



1635 Western Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921

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